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12th Jan, 2017 | 9:45am

BBC pundit: This senior Aston Villa player has been made a scapegoat and should leave

By Amir Mir

BBC pundit Richard Sneekes believes Ashley Westwood has been made a “scapegoat” and should leave Aston Villa.

Midfielder Westwood joined the Midlands club during the summer of 2012 from Crewe when they were a Premier League side.

The 26-year-old senior player divides opinion at the club as to what assets he brings to the team in terms of attacking or defensive threat.

Westwood was part of Villa’s relegation from the top tier last season and has played a significant part in their mixed start to life in the Championship this term.

Former West Brom midfielder Sneekes believes Westwood has been hard done by during his time at the club.

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“As for Westwood, I think he is a good technical player,” Richard Sneekes told BBC Radio West Midlands. “I think he has been made a scapegoat for a lot of fans and the best thing for him personally would be to move on.”

Westwood has played 22 Championship games for Villa this season, most recently starting the 1-0 defeat to Cardiff on January 2 where he was substituted at half-time by manager Steve Bruce.

During those matches, he has failed to score a goal or provide an assist as he has partnered the likes of Mile Jedinak and Gary Gardner in the middle of the park.

Over the course of his career at the club, Westwood has played 161 games, scoring five goals and supplying 13 assists.

He will be preparing for a clash against Midlands rivals Wolves at the weekend where he will come up against manager Paul Lambert who purchased him during his time at Villa.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a medical has been prepared for this playmaker.

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